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Sleek snake

March 23, 2020


 
The sleek snake pictured here was sunning itself beside our chimney the other day. It’s an Eastern Brown Snake, Pseudonaja textilis, but from the photo you could perhaps be excused, from a quick glance, for thinking it was another snake occurring naturally in Victoria: the White-lipped Snake, Drysdalia coronoides. That is until you knew the length of the snake, which was at least 1.5 metres, about 3 times the maximum length of the White-lipped.

And while you might tread rather casually around a White-lipped Snake which, although venomous, is not considered dangerous, you certainly would be a lot more circumspect around this Eastern Brown, which is not only dangerously venomous but lightning fast and quick to retaliate when provoked.

The lesson being, don’t provoke any snakes – just appreciate their sleek beauty from a safe distance (and be thankful for a camera’s zoom lens)!

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  1. March 23, 2020 2:39 pm

    I’m not a great fan of snakes, benign or venomous. Just not a favourite.
    However a good sized Brown that has recently shed old skin and has a lovely new coat is such a beautiful thing. The rich golden burnished glow is really awesome

    Just don’t get near them I say!

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